Escaped sex offender caught

Offender apprehended 

A registered level three sex offender who allegedly escaped from Glens Falls Hospital while receiving treatment following his arrest is behind bars following his capture Sunday in Fort Ann by Washington County Sheriff’s Department deputies with an assist from Granville Village Police.

Police Chief Ernie Bassett Jr. said a tip on Saturday led to the arrest of Robert D. Hanson, 46, whose address was listed as Oatman Lane, on a charge of failing to register as a sex offender, a Class D felony.

Residents who were allowing Hanson to stay with them told police they recently discovered he was a sex offender and they wanted him removed, Bassett said.

An investigation by Granville Village Police revealed Hanson had been living with the couple for about a month but had been wanted in Vermont for failing to register in that state, Bassett said.

Bassett said Vermont authorities told him an arrest warrant would be sent to Granville and they wished to extradite Hanson for prosecution.

Additional investigation into Hanson’s past showed he was also wanted in Minnesota and officials from that state were also expressing interest in extraditing him. Officials said Hanson had been convicted of a misdemeanor in 2007 for failing to register locally and was sent back to Minnesota where he faced jail time. After serving jail time he was released but violated conditions of his parole leading to the state once again seeking his arrest, police said.

Granville police apprehended Hanson and he was taken to the police station for processing. Hanson was found in possession of marijuana and a marijuana pipe while being processed, police said.

While at the station Hanson began to complain of chest pains and difficulty breathing. Police said Hanson then appeared to pass out while at the station, but regained consciousness within a short period of time.

Granville EMS was contacted and Hanson was taken to Glens Falls Hospital, escorted by a patrol officer, where he was admitted.

Bassett said he contacted the Warren County Sheriff’s Department and requested an officer be placed in the hospital to secure Hanson.

A sheriff’s sergeant agreed and asked for a copy of the arrest warrant. Bassett said police spoke with hospital security and Hanson’s doctor.

Police also made contact with members of the Glens Falls Police Department to inform them of the situation and request their assistance in monitoring Hanson.

The following morning Bassett said he was contacted by the hospital and informed Hanson had escaped within the past few minutes.

The Glens Falls Police Department and Warren County Sheriff’s Department were contacted about the escape.

Bassett said he was later contacted by the residents who had allowed Hanson to stay with them. They informed police Hanson had made contact with them asking they bring his personal belongings to the Cumberland Farms in Fort Ann.

Bassett contacted the Washington County Sheriff’s Department and arranged to have Deputies Mike McWhorter and Tim Carroll make the arrest. Bassett said he was on hand to positively identify the suspect. Hanson was discovered hiding behind the store and arrested.

Hanson was remanded to the Washington County Jail without bail.

Hanson was arrested Aug. 3, 2007, by village police for failure to register as a sex offender and later found guilty. Hanson was charged with a misdemeanor at the time and told police he was moving to Middle Granville. 

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